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Writing versus storytelling

Guest post by Ian McHugh As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, lots of people (ie, jealous writers) love to disparage novelists like J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer for the quality of their writing. It’s clunky, repetitive, boring, grammatically questionable and blah. At the same time, they love to idolise writers who possess a [...]

By | 2018-04-18T10:56:39+00:00 15th December, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Helsinki Bus Station Theory for writers

Guest post by Ian McHugh Helsinki Bus Station Theory is the creation of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, employed as a metaphor for the career of a photographer. It goes like this: Helsinki Bus Station has a number of platforms and a number of different bus routes start from each platform. All the [...]

By | 2018-04-18T09:08:05+00:00 25th November, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

How to Handle End of Novel Blues

Guest post by Zena Shapter Let’s say you’ve been working on a novel for a while – maybe a year or two, fitting it inbetween work, life and kids. Now you’re approaching its end… you’re past the novel’s climax and you’re starting to wind everything up… You should feel elated. Yay [...]

By | 2014-11-15T04:50:04+00:00 15th November, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Interview with Donna Maree Hanson

by Ian McHugh With the (then) impending release of her new novel Shatterwing, part one of Dragon Wine, I interviewed Donna Hanson about her long-time passion project. Because I’m a slacker, Shatterwing is now out in the world and the sequel, Skywatcher, is on its way on October 9. The [...]

By | 2018-04-18T11:21:36+00:00 5th October, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

My Top Social Media Tips for Writers

Guest post by Zena Shapter I didn’t mean to become one, but over the last few years I’ve become a social media consultant. Writers started asking me how to use social media and, after a while, I thought – why not? Since I know about social media … why not [...]

By | 2018-04-17T15:29:43+00:00 15th September, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Epic interview with Simon Dewar

by Ian McHugh With the forthcoming release of his first fiction anthology, Suspended in Dusk, I interviewed editor Simon Dewar about chutzpah, the importance of having no concept of level of difficulty, the horror of caesarian sections and the inspirational value of Mariah Carey and prog metal. Oh, and some [...]

By | 2018-04-18T11:20:49+00:00 28th August, 2014|Uncategorized|2 Comments